WATCH | First iPad trends on Twitter after being 'stolen'

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The hashtag iPad made it to Twitter's trending list in South Africa on Tuesday, thanks to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who misplaced his device in the moments before a speech. 

Ramaphosa was in Cape Town, visiting the city's port, where he addressed the media. 

He could not start his speech when called to the podium because his iPad had "been stolen".

"I'm waiting for my iPad. Somebody stole my iPad. Somebody decided that they want to dispossess me of my iPad, so I want that," Rampahosa said.

"I had my iPad… Do you know where they took my iPad to?"

The audience chuckled and Ramaphosa started his speech moments later.

The president relies daily on his iPad during speeches and meetings, opting against printed notes.

Politicians and citizens took to Twitter to comment on the incident of the missing presidential iPad. Among those, were UDM head Bantu Holomisa.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu also weighed in on the matter.


Shortly after, Athi Geleba, the head of digital communications in the Presidency, tweeted the "First iPad" had indeed been found.

The Presidency later tweeted to clarify that the iPad was never missing or stolen. 

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